Kennith C. Hewitt Of University Place, passed into the presence of our heavenly father on Monday evening, June 30th, leaving his family to mourn the loss of their wonderful father and grandfather. Ken was born April 28, 1929, the sixth son of Alan and Lena Hewitt of Lewiston, NY. After growing up on his family's dairy farm, Ken enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 and followed his brothers Richard and Alfred into WWII, ultimately serving the in occupation force in post-war Japan. Upon his return from the service Ken met and married the love of his life, Louise "Ruth" Hewitt. With the help of Ken's brothers, they built a home on land sold to them by Ken's father, and began to raise their three boys, Jay, Dane, and Miles. During that time Ken began his career with the Oldbury Chemical Company, which was later acquired by the Hooker Chemical Company. In 1971 Hooker offered Ken a promotion to their Tacoma office, and so Ken, Ruth, and their boys moved from Lewiston, NY to University Place. After settling into their new home the family became active at The First Christian Church at 6th and Orchard in Tacoma, where Ken held positions on the Church Board, as an Elder and participated in variety of other roles, including working with their all-volunteer lawn and grounds maintenance crew. Ken's greatest joy at First Christian was singing in the church choir, where he and Ruth made many life-long friendships. In their leisure time Ken and Ruth were avid travelers, and throughout their 58 years together visited 5 continents and all 50 states. A highlight of their travels each year was their annual trip to Maui, a trip they made over 30 times. Ken and Ruth also enjoyed vacationing at their cabin on Herron Island in Puget Sound and spent many wonderful summer days boating, clamming, and beachcombing with their friends and family on the island. Throughout his life Ken was a devoted husband and father. His beloved wife Ruth passed away in 2009, and he is survived by his two older brothers, Richard (Lyn) of Kansas and Alfred of New York, and by his three sons, Jay of Tacoma, Dane (Johna) of Puyallup, and Miles of Boise, Idaho. Ken's greatest pride was his four grandchildren, Evan, Madison, Seanna, and Ian. He knew that wonderful things lay ahead for each of them! Ken was happiest when surrounded by his family and friends at their University Place home as they did recently for Seanna's college graduation. Please join us for a celebration of Ken's life at The First Christian Church, 6th and Orchard in Tacoma, on Saturday, July 12th, at 1:00pm.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 5, 2014